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Glenn Townes

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Newark School superintendent to resign; Changes in store for New Jersey’s biggest school district

Changes in store for New Jersey’s biggest school district

Marion Bolden, the longtime and occasionally controversial superintendent of New Jersey’s largest school district, announced that she would resign the post at the end of the current school year.

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Oliver to write book about stint as first African-American woman Assembly speaker

Former state Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver announced last week that she is writing a tell-all book about her shaky four years as New Jersey’s first African-American woman to serve as state Assembly speaker.

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Port Authority under fire for GWB lane closures

Fallout continues from lane closures on the George Washington Bridge (GWB), one of the major thoroughfares between New York and New Jersey, as one of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s top executives resigned last week in Newark.

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New mayor wants to overhaul Newark

For interim Newark Mayor Luis Quintana, positive change in Newark starts with firing flunkies

Divestiture in South Africa started in New Jersey; Garden State remembers Mandela

On Sunday in Newark, dozens of Newarkers paid homage to Mandela

Audit reveals questionable spending habits of Newark politicos

Once again, members of the embattled Newark City Council are under fire from state officials regarding questionable spending habits last year after a report from the comptroller’s office was released earlier this week. According to a widely circulated audit report from New Jersey Comptroller Matt Boxer, more than $10 million in Brick City appropriations were allocated to Newark City Council and clerk offices—a figure that is more than six times the annual allotment to the similarly sized area of Jersey City.

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Trenton mayor’s trial set for early January

Embattled Trenton Mayor Tony Mack will begin what many contend will be the fight of his political life

Senate: Student immigrants pay in-state tuition

As expected, earlier this week, the state Senate approved a bill that allows New Jersey residents who were brought to the Garden State illegally as children to pay in-state tuition fees to attend colleges, officials announced in Trenton.

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Third pot dispensary set to open in New Jersey

In New Jersey officials this week announced that the Garden State’s third medical marijuana facility is slated to open next month

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Luis Quintana sworn in as interim mayor of Newark

Former Newark City Council President Luis Quintana was sworn in as the first Hispanic mayor of the Brick City at a ceremony Tuesday afternoon. The ceremonial oath of office was administered by state Sen. Richard Codey.

Frontier Airlines turns a deaf ear to request from the Black Chamber of New Jersey

In an effort to highlight the importance of the Black dollar, last week, the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) initiated a boycott of the newly reopened Trenton Mercer Airport. Frontier Airlines, the largest carrier at the airport, has dismissed efforts by the AACCNJ to align itself with the organization.

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Christie wins election, loses minimum wage battle

Christie garnered a whopping 60 percent of the vote

Sheila Oliver out as Assembly speaker

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver is getting the boot

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Christie a shoo-in for second term as governor

With less than a week until Election Day, Gov. Chris Christie is all but guaranteed to be re-elected

Congressman accused of making a slur during health care hearings

New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone called the proceedings a “monkey court."

Christie backs down on same-sex marriages

Rarely one to back down from a fight, on Monday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday officially withdrew his request for an injunction against a court ruling that allows same-sex marriages across New Jersey, administration officials announced in Trenton. The governor had asked a state Supreme Court to postpone gay marriages until after the court reviewed the appeal.

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Newark's Cory Booker makes history with big Senate win

Cory Booker is a social activist, and the Newark mayor’s big victory in last week’s special Senate election puts the affable Democratic politico in the history books

Scandal rocks Police Dept in Elizabeth, NJ

More than two dozen law enforcement officials—including a captain, sergeant and several detectives with the Elizabeth Police Department—are under investigation regarding allegations that the cops were paid thousands of dollars for patrol duty assignments they never completed, officials announced last week.

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Call me Senator Cory Booker; Booker wins senate seat

In what many expected Newark Mayor Cory Booker nabbed the coveted U.S. Senate seat

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Booker on track for Senate seat

As Newark Mayor Cory Booker is perched to snag the vacant seat in the U.S. Senate in a highly anticipated special election on Wednesday, speculation as to who the usually uncompromising Newark City Council will choose to succeed him for the remainder of his term is rife among many Newarkers and other residents across the Garden State.

Court rules for gay marriage in New Jersey; Governor files appeal

The Garden State must allow same-sex marriages, a state judge ruled last week in Mercer County. The state ruling upholds a Supreme Court ruling in June that allows same-sex marriages nationally and effectively dismisses Gov. Chris Christie’s unwavering stance of rejecting gay marriages despite the state’s current legislation that recognizes civil unions.

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Head of GMHC Marjorie Hill resigns

As head of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) in New York, one of the leading national HIV/AIDS service organizations, executive director Marjorie Hill has been at the forefront of the fight against the disease that has hit the African-American and Latino communities especially hard in the past 30 years.

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Is contracting HIV a cure to homelessness?

It may seem extreme, but some homeless men and perhaps women are purposely contracting the HIV virus in order to obtain government assistance that would no longer require them to live on the street, according to a new report in a national LGBT magazine article.

Senate race tightening between Booker and Lonegan

A new poll shows that the race for the U.S. Senate seat between Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Republican candidate Steve Lonegan has narrowed in the past few weeks, with about two weeks remaining before the special election.

Couple carjacked at cemetery

In a blatant example of disrespecting the sacred, an elderly man and his wife were robbed, assaulted and carjacked on Sunday afternoon at an Essex County cemetery while visiting the gravesite of a relative, according to police reports.

Newborn found in trash bag in Jersey City

A newborn baby boy with his umbilical cord still attached was discovered abandoned in a trash bag over the weekend behind a Jersey City apartment complex.

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Iranian refugee tapped by Christie to head Camden schools

The school year rings in a new chief as Paymon Rouhanifard was named the superintendent of the troubled Camden school district in late August by Gov. Chris Christie. Rouhanifard, an Iranian refugee, starts the job on Thursday.

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Study: Post HIV/AIDS care essential for long-term survival

It may seem like a simple oversight, but missing an appointment with a physician after being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS can increase the risk of dying from complications from the disease, according to a study released earlier this month by California-based medical provider Kaiser Permanente.

Shaky political future for Sheila Oliver; Booker gay rumor surfaces—again

After a dead-last finish in the Senate race earlier this month, Sheila Oliver’s days as the most powerful African-American woman politico in the state may well be numbered, according various sources in Trenton.

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Homicides increase in Trenton, New Jersey

For a city with fewer than 90,000 people, Trenton, N.J., is quickly becoming a city under siege and under the gun. The number of people being murdered in New Jersey’s capital city is on pace to surpass the record number of homicides in the city for a single year, according to statistics and other information released earlier this week in the city.